Space Day: 5 Must-See Movies that Take You Into Space

The Joyous Living: 5 Movies to Celebrate Space Day

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Happy May 1st! I hope you enjoyed our April A to Z Challenge on Family History. After having so much fun with our April challenge, I thought it would be fun to look at unique holidays such as today’s “Space Day“.

According to Holiday Insights, Space Day was “originally started to get America’s youth interested in math and science, Space Day focuses upon creating interest and awareness of all kinds of topics and issues related to space. This holiday caught on quickly, and became wildly popular.”

5 Movies to Celebrate Space Day

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#1. Apollo 13


The movie is an adaptation of the 1994 book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 by astronaut Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger.


Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris


Gary Sinise was invited by Ron Howard to read for any of the characters.

The tagline “Failure is not an option” was not taken from the historical transcripts.

The famous quote “Houston, we have a problem” was a misquote of “Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here“.

#2. Contact


The movie is an adaptation of the 1985 science fiction novel by Carl Sagan about extraterrestrial life.


Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods


During the development of the movie, the production crew watched Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) for inspiration.

#3. Hidden Figures


The movie is LOOSELY based on the non-fiction book by Margot Lee Shetterly about black female mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Space Race.


Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Kevin Costner


Oprah Winfrey was considered for a leading role.

Katherine was originally unaware that the East Side bathrooms were segregated, and used the unlabeled “whites-only” bathrooms for years before anyone complained.

Katherine had several days before the launch date to verify the IBM calculations.

#4. Ian Fleming’s Moonraker


The movie is an adaptation of Ian Fleming’s novel by the same name about James Bond’s investigation into the theft of a space shuttle.


Roger Moore, Michael Lonsdale, and Lois Chiles


James Mason was originally cast as bad guy Hugo Drax until it was decided the movie would be an Anglo-French production requiring a French actor.

Director Lewis Gilbert stated on the DVD documentary that he received so much fan mail from small children saying “Why can’t Jaws be a goodie, not a baddie“, that as a result he was persuaded to gradually transform Jaws into Bond’s ally by the end of the film.

Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, and Kate Bush were offered the theme song before Shirley Bassey.

#5. Salyut 7 [English subtitles]


The movie was heavily dependant upon the diaries of Viktor Savinykh, who flew as Flight Engineer on Soyuz T-4, Soyuz T-13 and Soyuz TM-5.


Vladimir Vdovichenkov and Pavel Derevyanko


The names of the main protagonists have been changed.

Film consultants were cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Aleksandr Lazutkin and specialists from the SP Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (corporation).

The movie was awarded the 2018 “Golden Eagle” award for Best Film.

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  1. I have only seen Apollo 13 and Contact. But I really enjoy space movies!! One of my favorite genres, so many to choose from.

  2. I’ve seen a few of these movies, but not all of them. I find movies like this are a great way to make learning fun when you’re younger. They’re tell a great story, and most of it is true.

  3. We’re doing a unit on space with the kids right now. I’ll have to bust out these movies for them. Very cool.

  4. I love all of these movies. We’re big fans of Space history here so I wish this day had an opportunity to shine amidst all the other history happening now.

  5. I am always fascinated by Space and thanks for the ideas. I will check on these movies when I have time this weekend 🙂 – Knycx Journeying.

  6. Those are all wonderful movie selections to choose from. Will definitely check some of those out sometime.

  7. have you seen all of these? I havent seen any of these yet. but, they look like great movies! will check them out on rotten tomatoes. :)Thanks for sharing…

  8. I did not know there was a space day. When we travelled for the uk to florida we visited the space centre very cool

  9. I love this!!! Love a list of movies so I can tick it off mentally …xo great choices 😉

  10. What a great lists of space movies, Apollo13 is one of the best space movie that I’ve watched. I let my kids watch these movies to learn more about the space.

  11. We love watching space movies and related genres. We ‘ve seen Apollo 13 a few times and cannot get tired of it.

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